President Muhammad Buhari has commissioned the 296-kilometre Sokoto-Jega-Koko-Kontagora road and urged the roads users’ to adhere to the traffic laws guiding the highway.
The president, stated this at Koko town, Kebbi State while officially commissioning the road which was started by the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan in 2012 and completed by the present government.
Buhari, represented by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, noted that the road would not only ease the economic activities of the people, but also restricted criminals who might have the motive of inflicting pains on travellers due to bad road.
According to him, “many of the initiated or inherited projects by the Buhari-led Federal Government would be completed and handover for the benefit of Nigerians before the end of the administration.
” It is a manifestation of our resolve to provide more vista of job opportunities thereby enhancing productive engagement of our teeming population and economic value addition in line with the Federal Government policy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. It is a promise of change made and next level delivery established,’ he said.
Buhari, who noted that the road project was commenced by the previous administration on 13th December 2012, said his administration would complete all the ongoing projects across the country.
“With this development, I can confidently say that as we enter the final lap of the tenure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration, we are entering a season of completion and delivery of projects including those inherited from the past administration before we come on board.
“These are not only nation builders to whom we offer our salutations, they are the heart of the Nigerian economy, the micro, small and medium enterprises that drive our economic growth,’ he said.
” Now that we have this new and well-built road, we have duties to ourselves and to other road users. One of those duties is to ensure that we drive in accordance with the law as stipulated in the highway,” he said.
In his remarks, Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, recalled that the road was originally constructed in 1973 and for many years, it was not rehabilitated or reconstructed until Buhari administration took over.
He noted that in 2015 when he become governor of Kebbi State, his administration too did not restrict itself to the rehabilitation of state roads, but extended the same service to many federal roads within the state.